Upstate YMCA expands childcare to help with eLearning

LAURENS, SC (FOX Carolina) — The YMCA of the Lakelands, which serves Abbeville, Greenwood and Laurens counties, is expanding their child development program to help kids with eLearning.



an office with a desk and chair in a room: Staff set up a makeshift classroom for some of the youngest students at the Laurens YMCA. (Sept. 23, 2020 / FOX Carolina)


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Staff set up a makeshift classroom for some of the youngest students at the Laurens YMCA. (Sept. 23, 2020 / FOX Carolina)




a group of people sitting at a table with a blue chair: The gym at the Laurens YMCA is filled with tables where students can work on eLearning. (Sept. 23, 2020 / FOX Carolina)


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The gym at the Laurens YMCA is filled with tables where students can work on eLearning. (Sept. 23, 2020 / FOX Carolina)


Before the pandemic they had four child development programs, but CEO Brian Harlan said they’ve now added a fifth at the Laurens YMCA.

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They’ve expanded hours and ages for their after school child development program, now allowing students through high school to attend during the day.

At the Laurens branch, Harlan said enrollment can average about 100 students a day.

They’ve converted the gymnasium into a large classroom, with students spaced out at tables in their masks. Staff members circulate to help students complete eLearning assignments.

Rates for the program range from $65 to $135 per week, but Harlan said they are trying to keep the program affordable with new financial aid options.

“Some of the children that we are taking care of right now are on a scholarship program,” Harlan said. “Some of them are 100% subsidized through grants that we received or anonymous donations that we received to take care of these children during this time.”



a group of people in a room: Students are grouped by grade level in the Laurens YMCA gym. (Sept. 23, 2020 / FOX Carolina)


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Students are grouped by grade level in the Laurens YMCA gym. (Sept. 23, 2020 / FOX Carolina)


Harlan said this is the first time they’ve been able to fully subsidize the cost for a child and he said it’s because of an anonymous donor.

There’s currently a waitlist for the program, but you can sign up by calling 864-681-0203 or 864-984-2626.

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